I’ve been working through the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook since receiving my dream machine, making notes on how to tweak the recipes next time I make them, seeing what works and what needs a second or third attempt. Mostly I have been surprised! Everything has been delicious.
Chicken and Cashews was on tonight’s menu. It tasted just like a dish from a Chinese restaurant, except I knew exactly what went into it.
Apart from a little sesame oil for flavour, there was no oil or fat in it. The chicken is steamed as you cook the rice, then the vegies are steamed on top of the chicken, cook your sauce and throw it together!
It was colourful, healthy and looked fantastic!
I didn’t have quite enough Chinese cooking wine (my substitute for sherry) but I improvised with chicken stock and light soy sauce and it still tasted yummy.
There was PLENTY and I think we will have leftovers after hubby has had his share when he gets home.
Chicken and Cashews from the Thermomix EDC
200g-400g Basmati Rice
200g Chicken , cut into 2cm cubes
1 carrot, thinly sliced
3 celery sticks, cut into 4cm lengths
6 shallots, cut into 4 cm lengths
1/2 capsicum, cut into 1 cm pieces
1 small can bamboo shoots, drained
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1-2 handfuls unsalted cashews
1/2 tsp sesame oil
100g dry sherry
soy sauce to taste
300g cooking liquid – retained from steaming
Place water in TM bowl. Insert basket with rice. Place the chicken into the bottom of the Varoma Dish and cook for 13-15 mins at Varoma Temperature on Speed 4.
Remove rice once cooked and place in thermoserver or other warming dish.
Loosely place vegetables on top of the chicken (or on the Varoma tray). Sprinkle with sesame seeds, cashew nuts and a little sesame seed oil. Place the lid on the Varoma and put the Varoma into position. Cook for a further 10-15 mins at Varoma Temperature on speed 4 or until vegetables are cooked to your liking. Once cooked, place the vegetables and the chicken into a serving bowl, pour over sauce and mix through. Serve with rice.
Sauce method: Place all ingredients into bowl, cook for 3 minutes at 100C on speed 5.
Have you tried this recipe?
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